It was 1939 in the Second World War.

Morris Konick was just 17 years old when he joined the Canadian Air Force.

“It’s hard for the youth to comprehend what the boys went through,” said Konick yesterday. “I think it’s very important that they be reminded.”

A group did just that during a ceremony yesterday as the few remaining veterans of the Jewish War Veterans of Canada community centre in Ottawa unveiled a new honour roll for those who served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Veterans like Konick noted that sharing stories with youth can be a challenge.

Norman Potechin, another Second World War veteran, was pleased to have his name on the honour roll and said it’s important to bring youth to these events.

“We do have an obligation to speak to our children so that the memories will be rich and matured,” said Canadian Museum of Civilization CEO Victor Rabinovitch.